Capacity Building & Education

SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

read more »

CMS Releases Second Edition of Flyways Report [viewed]

11 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the publication of the second edition of "A Bird's Eye View on Flyways." The updated report highlights that there are still considerable gaps in the understanding of the distribution and ecology of migratory species.

read more »

EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

read more »

WorldFish Center Presents Lessons Learned for Small Fisheries [viewed]

8 October 2012: In the context of declining fisheries, and with a view to evaluating the success of large and small fisheries programmes in the Philippines, the WorldFish Center has produced a brief on lessons learned on small-scale fisheries from eight regional sites. The brief underscores the need for better clarification of management functions between administrative levels, through scaling up small-scale fisheries management and expanding institutional partnerships.

read more »

CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

read more »

Biosafety COP/MOP 6 Adopts 16 Decisions, Initiates Substantive Work on Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

5 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6) adopted 16 decisions, including a decision on socio-economic considerations which, for the first time, initiates activities aiming to provide a basis for future substantive work on considerations with regard to socio-economic impacts of living modified organisms.

read more »

Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

read more »

GEF SGP Rehabilitating Endangered Species in Armenia [viewed]

13 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support to a project to restore two critically endangered species of trout in Lake Sevan in Armenia. The species are threatened as a result of unsustainable industrial and hydroelectric use of the lake.

read more »

OAS Seeks Projects on Marine Migratory Species and Priority Habitats [viewed]

25 September 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS), with support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking proposals for projects to support with small grants of up to US$20,000 that will enhance the conservation of shared marine migratory species and habitats of greatest concern in the Western Hemisphere. 

read more »

Event: CEE and Central Asia Capacity-Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for the early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Its objective is to raise awareness and build the capacity of participating countries on the Nagoya Protocol and provide an opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learnt in preparing for its ratification and implementation.  

read more »